If you’ve read through my blogs, you may know that I suffer with depression and anxiety, a heady mix! One is bad enough, both together can make you feel like you’ve been through a mangle a few times a day.
Caravanning has helped enormously, but I do suffer when we’ve got no time booked away and nothing to look forward to or if it’s been a while since we’ve been out.
Our caravan is my salvation, a safe zone, a no worries area where I can forget about a million and one problems that could be real or not. Away from the house that doesn’t have enough storage, that never looks tidy, that weighs me down.
It’s difficult to explain what a difference the van makes, the easy things are a smaller space to keep tidy – although it’s not always tidy I know it will only take a minimum amount of effort to get it there, a different place – whether it’s 5, 50 or 200 miles away from home it’s away, I’m surrounded by countryside, hopefully, my favourite sites are small CLs where there’s an absence of people! I’m not anti people per se, but I do struggle with a lot of people.
It’s just an overwhelming feeling of relaxation, of peacefulness, of being able to breathe just that bit more. A simpler life, uncluttered and more in tune with nature I guess. I sleep so much better even if I haven’t moved from the van all day! That alone is a bonus.
So I’ve struggled recently as it’s been 45 days since we went away last and that was only for a night, but hope is on the horizon and it’s only 3 more sleeps before I’m back in my safe space for 3 nights.
Whatever your reasons for caravanning, enjoy every minute!